Richard Bates Jr’s second film Suburban Gothic recently premiered at the Fantasia Film Festival in Montreal, and served as a contrast to his first movie, Excision, a one-of-a-kind horror about a disturbed teen’s precarious mental state. Suburban Gothic, meanwhile, trades in most of the blood and gore for humour, while retaining Bates’ quirky characters and dialogue. Bates’ style is unmistakable, and he’s surely on to something with his latest blend of horror and comedy.
I had the opportunity to meet with Bates after the premiere to discuss Suburban Gothic and his upcoming projects. Here’s what he had to tell us.
The night that Mary Shelley later described as the moment she came up with the idea for Frankenstein, rightfully regarded as one of the greatest…